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Hit up the Heritage Trail

In northern Indiana, Elkhart County stitches together two welcoming worlds. Yes, it’s the comfort of the unhurried Amish life, where a million blooms spring to life in the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail. But there’s also an energized urban fabric woven from craft breweries, Four Diamond cuisine, eclectic live music, and trendy shops. An urban-rural patchwork that makes Indiana’s Cool North so special.

The Heritage Trail takes you through the vibrant communities of Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Bristol, Wakarusa and Shipshewana. Named as one of America’s “most scenic drives”, this picturesque loop explores welcoming communities, area attractions, and Amish life. So get ready for a road trip. You’re in for one unforgettable adventure.

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Elkhart

Riverwalks and downtown fun

Be at the heart of the action with a tour along Elkhart’s Gateway Mile. Enjoy riverside ambiance at an outdoor café, sample some suds at lechyd Da Brewing Co., or visit one of the city’s five museums. Stop by the National New York Central Railroad Museum to test your knowledge with some train trivia!

The NIBCO Water and Ice Park offers family fun all year round. It’s a winding ice skating rink in the winter and transforms into a splash pad come summer. Take a trip to Wellfield Botanic Gardens and experience a seamless blend of art and nature.

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Goshen

The Maple City

Get yourself to Goshen! Cool cafés, eclectic shops, and exciting entertainment offer unique experiences you won’t find in just any small town. Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of 50 flavors of pie at South Side Soda Shop or find just what you didn’t know you were looking for in one of the many shops at The Old Bag Factory.

This city has an undeniable energy that speaks to anyone who visits—call it Americana with a twist. On the first Friday of every month, the streets of downtown Goshen are filled with music, cruising classic cars, and shops that stay open late. For lovers of the great outdoors, the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail offers miles of trails to explore.

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Middlebury

Grown from tradition

Middlebury’s rolling hills reminded its first settlers so much of their home state of Vermont they decided to put down their roots. The town’s biggest attraction (literally) is Das Dutchman Essenhaus—Indiana’s largest restaurant. It serves authentic Amish cuisine to over 750,000 people a year!

Family and healthy living are at the heart of the Middlebury lifestyle. Spend some quality time in the great outdoors on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, learn a little local history on a stroll through Krider “World’s Fair” Garden, or take in one of Northern Indiana’s iconic Quilt Gardens.

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Nappanee

The gateway to Amish Country

It’s all about the Amish way of life in Nappanee. Visit the homestead of the first Amish settlers in Indiana at Amish Acres. Take a traditional horse and buggy ride, tuck in to a hearty, family-style meal, and take in a Broadway musical at the Round Barn Theatre.

It’s hard not to walk away with out something in hand at Coppes Commons. This former cabinet factory is home to small businesses and eateries offering up authentic local goods and fresh food. From handcrafted leatherworks to ice cream concoctions made with liquid nitrogen, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon in Nappanee.

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Bristol

History, heritage, and harmony

Don’t be fooled by Bristol’s sleepy small town façade—it’s got plenty of activities and entertainment to make for an awesome day trip in Indiana’s Cool North. Get an authentic Victorian experience at Murphy Guest House Tea Room or check out the original “daily grind” at Bonneyville Mill.

Experience Northern Indiana’s serene natural beauty with a canoe or kayak excursion on the St. Joseph River. For those that just can’t leave the Windy City’s famous hot dogs behind, stop in at Chicago’s Downtown Eatery.

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Wakarusa

Small Town. Big Heart.

Looking for an escape from the big city? You’ll find it in Wakarusa—where it’s hard to have a traffic jam with only one stoplight in town! Century-old buildings, shady tree-lined streets and nostalgic shops make for one throwback to classic Americana you don’t need to be on social media to enjoy.

Discover the “wall of a thousand drawers” at Wakarusa Hardware, or search for your favorite childhood sweets and sodas at the Wakarusa Dime Store and sample their famous jumbo jelly beans. For those that need to satisfy their sweet tooth, plan your visit around the Maple Syrup Festival held in late April.

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